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13 November 2018

Wreath Laying for Remembrance

As part of this year’s Remembrance services in the centenary year of the Armistice for World War I, The Kings of Wessex Academy held a wreath laying ceremony last Friday at the front of school. Rev. Stuart Burns led the Opening Prayer before Head Boy and Girl Sam Kail-Dyke and Lucy Bishop read out the names of the fallen who had attended The National School in Cheddar. This was particularly poignant as amongst the 13 names were familiar local family names and also familiar road and street names in Cheddar; along with their number, regiment and battalion in which they served and the date and place where they lost their life. To show their respect, Executive Headteacher Gavin Ball, followed by the Head Boy and Girl and House Captains from Avalon, Camelot, Lyonesse and Tintagel laid a wreath at the wooden cross watched by visitors from local churches, Headteachers from the Cheddar Valley Schools and Local Governing Body and the Wessex Learning Trust. Retired Head of History at Kings Adrian Targett (who served at Kings from 1977 to 2013) read the moving poem, “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae with the memorable lines: “We lived, felt dawn, saw...... more

30 October 2018

Kings' Students Throwback Theme for 2018 Charities Week

The fun fundraising continued in the last week of this half term at The Kings of Wessex Academy, with the 2018 Charities Week on the theme of “Throwback”; looking back over the years of showbiz, to raise money for the three charities chosen by the Senior Student Team: SUDEP, Bristol Children’s Hospital, and Avalon Camps. The events at breaktime and lunchtime made it a memorable week, starting on Monday with Kings’ favourite, waxing and shaving; after which some volunteer students left the Main Hall lighter on top and some brave boys ventured into the world of beauty and had their armpits and legs waxed (ouch!). At lunchtime the Raven event saw intrepid warrior pairs wage war with battle beams and the audience watched compelling battles as brother and sister duo James and Jennifer Hughes, father and son Chief Operations Officer Mr Perry and son Sam, Teacher of P.E. Miss Manley and Teacher of Physics Mr Smith all battled it out in closely fought encounters, amongst others. On Tuesday breaktime for Big Cook Little Cook, daring contestants with a strong constitution tucked into cunning concoctions as the audience watched agog, glad that they were not the ones...... more

29 October 2018

Year 10 Historians Kip on a Ship Trip

Year 10 Historians from The Kings of Wessex Academy recently followed in the footsteps of some great moments of history on a trip to London. On the first day the visited the Tower of London, the scene of many heart-stopping torments where residents lived in fear, where they explored the Elizabethan punishments and prisons used at the Tower of Religious Heretics and toured the sites and places connected to great Tudor Monarchs, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. After a pizza dinner they went on an atmospheric night-time walking tour of Whitechapel to find out about the victims of Jack the Ripper. Overnight accommodation was particularly exciting for the historians (and thankfully not the Tower) on HMS Belfast, where they slept in the sailor’s mess rooms on bunks dating back to the 1950s. Following the kip on the ship - by which this trip is fondly known - the next day the group went for a short walk amongst the sites near to HMS Belfast; including Clink Street Prison, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Globe Theatre. They then explored the replica of Sir Francis Drake’s Elizabethan Galleon the Golden Hinde to find out more about Elizabethan naval warfare and the Spanish...... more

25 October 2018

Students support Charities with Throwback

This week, Kings is festooned with glittery decorations and pictures of TV and pop stars and shows for the 2018 Charities Week theme of “Throwback,” looking back over the years of showbiz. Organised by the Senior Student Team who have plotted and planned for the week ever since their appointment to their esteemed top student positions in the school; they are however, doing anything but looking back as they look to the future by fundraising for their three chosen charities: SUDEP, Bristol Children’s Hospital and Avalon Camps. With events at breaktime and lunchtime it is set to be a memorable week to look back on. At the time of writing, the start of the week began with Kings’ favourite events waxing and shaving, when some volunteer students left the Main Hall a bit lighter on top and some brave boys even ventured into the world of beauty when they had their armpits and legs waxed (ouch!). At lunchtime for the eponymous event Raven led by character Raven, intrepid warrior pairs waged war with battle beams and the added challenge of staying balanced on a twisty mat on top of a wobbly inflatable. There were some compelling battles with brother and sister duo James and...... more

25 October 2018

Year 12 Students in the Driving Seat for Driving Conference

Year 12 students at The Kings of Wessex Academy were recently in the driving seat when they were off timetable for the morning to participate in the annual Driving Conference. The drivers of the near future engaged in various activities, including, a 3D driving simulator, designing a drive safety poster, and a hands-on driving experience at the wheel on the tennis courts. The 16 and 17-years olds also tried out the state-of-the-art driving simulator equipment overseen by a Somerset Road Safety instructor and were observed by their fellow students before it was their turn to take to the virtual wheel. Many students were shocked by the extent of their stopping distance, and thinking and breaking distances that were much higher than they imagined. The driving experience was the highlight for many students and provided the experience of driving a real car under the instruction of a real driving instructor. Head of Sixth Form Miss Hopwood and Senior Tutor Miss Wright thank Starfish Driving and Somerset Road Safety for coming into school to demonstrate the importance of being safe in the driving seat. Executive Headteacher Mr Ball said: “The Driving...... more